Patrick Deneen: The Case for “Serfdom,” Rightly Understood
The American Conservative: Even If Hobby Lobby Wins, We Lose

Here’s the main point:

"I hope Hobby Lobby wins its case. But we should not deceive ourselves for a minute that what we are seeing is the contestation between a religious corporation and a secular State. We are seeing, rather, the culminating absurdity of what Polanyi called the “utopia” of our modern economic disembedding—the absurdity of a chain store representing the voice of religion in the defense of life amid an economy and polity that values turning people and nature into things. Our entire economy is an education in how to be “pro-choice.” What it most certainly is not in any way, shape or form, is about helping us to understand our true condition as embedded human beings."

I agree. Maybe I’ve been brainwashed by the system, but I can’t see a viable alternative to the current system… that doesn’t feature a horrible (deadly) transition. Distributionism does not seem like a viable alternative now… Maybe it was when Belloc wrote “The Servile State” in 1912.

Not Another Episcopal Church Blog: The Death of Truth

Watch out Lowly Pewster, you might make someone’s brain hurt. The current ideas about “Truth” are so Orwellian. So it goes in the land of moral relativism.

Moral Relativist Anthem? - Kacey Musgraves - Follow Your Arrow

This must be the moral relativist anthem. I’m suprised something this blatant originated from Nashville. If they remix this as pop, they will playing this at the next Episcopal general convention and at EYC meetings.

Here’s the problem with this ideology: due to sin, everyone’s moral judgment (arrow) is broken… It’s like a compass under an electric line. It works sometimes, but sometimes your bearing is off. We (Christians) must rely on scripture and tradition to inform our reason.

Rectified Name: Why Methodists don’t go to heaven | Rectified Name

They do go to heaven, but through through grace, not works.

Controversial title, but the article is quite good… Feel free to substitute Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, etc.

Bottom line: our atomized, free market approach to Christianity is resulting in a perverted, lowest common denominator, market plan Christianity… Moral Therapeutic Deism.

Donne - Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun (A Hymn to God the Father)

by John Donne

WILT Thou forgive that sin where I begun,
Which was my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt Thou forgive that sin, through which I run,
And do run still, though still I do deplore?
When Thou hast done, Thou hast not done,
For I have more.

Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I have won
Others to sin, and made my sin their door?
Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I did shun
A year or two, but wallowed in a score?
When Thou hast done, Thou hast not done,
For I have more.

I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore ;
But swear by Thyself, that at my death Thy Son
Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore ;
And having done that, Thou hast done ;
I fear no more.

Donne, John. Poems of John Donne. vol I.
E. K. Chambers, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1896. 213.

Dreher: Seminary For All The Wrong Reasons

I think the priest in my parish fits this description. He doesn’t believe in the perfection of Christ.

More Right: When Did Healthy Communities Become Illegal?

I think there is a lot of truth to this argument. The more we regulate community, the more atomized we become.

Dreher: Born To Be Rich, Born To Be Poor

Unfortunately, the traditions of culture are there for a reason… To protect the weak. Dismantling traditional culture in favor of ‘egalitarianism’ will not lead to equal outcomes or happiness.

Maybe it’s time to stop perusing equality and start working to provide a best fit for everyone. For the self controlled and intelligent, few laws and many responsibilities. For the low future time oriented and less bright, more laws and security. I’m not sure how this would work, but I think the bro-reactionaries may be on to something with monarchy… I think there may be other options.

Douthat: Parental Pity Party

The wider implications of this article capture the current zeitgeist - the breakdown of almost all sense of permanence and commitment - in amber for all to see. I think that as a society, something has to change or we have lost the future.